How my family’s history in London hid a revolutionary Russian secret

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When Mark Mazower researched his unassuming London roots, he discovered his grandfather had kept secret his intimate ties to revolutionary Russia to protect his son

When the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower decided to write a book about his family history, he had no idea about the secrets he would uncover. “I just had this question: what is it to be a historian of your own family? How does history produce you, your personality, your outlook on life, your relationships and the things you value?”

To answer these questions, Mazower, a professor of history at Columbia University in New York city, decided to delve deep into his dead father’s past. “When historians use biography, they generally either write about very noteworthy people – which was not the case with my father – or they use the lives they are writing about to illustrate some bigger story.”

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